For the second consecutive game, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the normal starting catcher for the Boston Red Sox, made a horrible mistake that helped cost the Red Sox the game. In both games two and three, Saltalamacchia sailed a ball into the outfield in an attempt to throw a runner out at third base. In both cases, the winning run scored for the Cardinals.
In game four, the Red Sox have decided to go with veteran David Ross, instead of Saltalamacchia, behind the plate.
“We’re looking to get some spark, get some offense going,” Red Sox manager John Farrell told Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston before Sunday’s game. “That’s why David is in there today.”
Ross has been catching Red Sox ace Jon Lester in the postseason and was one-for-four with a single and a run scored in the Red Sox’s game one victory.
In the postseason, Ross is batting .308, has an on-base percentage of .357 and is slugging .462 in six games.
In addition to his mistakes in the field, Saltalamcchia is batting just .188 with an on-base percentage of .257 and is slugging .219 in 10 games. He’s 0-for-6 in the world series.
First pitch in Sunday night’s game four is scheduled for 8:15 pm EST.
You can take a look at the full lineups for both squads here.